New York, as of right now, controls their own destiny, owning the second wild card spot in the AFC. If the playoffs started today, New York would be in, which is mind-blowing to think of when you think back to what was expected of them before the season.
What is even better and more promising for New York is that they have a bye this week. Going into a bye week off a win, especially a win against a top team, is always great, but it’s even better because maybe it’ll help them get off the “schneid” of winning a game and then losing the game.
If there is anything that has been disappointing for New York this year, it’s been the lack of consistency. New York has been unable to put together a string of victories, which is something that they need to start doing if they want to retain control of their own destiny. Hopefully, this bye week will give them time to figure things out so they can come out firing and put together a string of victories.
The bye week will also allow some of their key players to get healthy. Notable players such as Santonio Holmes and Jeff Cumberland should be able to come back in two weeks from their injuries. Kellen Winslow should also be able to go after serving a four week suspension for violating the leagues drug policy. These three weapons will be huge for rookie quarterback Geno Smith and his play for the rest of the season.
Finally, the bye week will be great for Smith, as he has an extra few days to gather himself, improve on his skills, and view film in order to get ready for the second half of the season. Smith can definitely improve, and with a well rested, yet beneficial week of improving mentally and physically, as well as offensive weapons coming back, New York could be dangerous in the second half.
The bye week came at a great time, there’s no doubt about that.